Lab-Grown Meat: Mmm Mmm Good

Every mov­ing thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I giv­en you all things. 4But flesh with the life there­of, which is the blood there­of, shall ye not eat.

Gen­e­sis 9:3–4, King James Version

I’ve yet to hear one argu­ment from a veg­an or veg­e­tar­i­an which could con­vince me that eat­ing meat is an immoral or oth­er­wise neg­a­tive prac­tice. Sim­ply put, ani­mals are a gift, explic­it­ly giv­en to us by Yah­weh for meat, pro­vid­ed that the blood is removed and cooked out, for “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviti­cus 17:11a, KJV).

How­ev­er, recent stud­ies are say­ing that it may be pos­si­ble to grow this flesh in lab­o­ra­to­ries with­out requir­ing the death of the ani­mals themselves.

The process, great­ly sim­pli­fied, would involve using a sam­ple of mus­cle cells from the ani­mal (such as a cow or chick­en) to grow mus­cle tis­sue with­in the lab­o­ra­to­ry. All the cost sur­round­ing the grow­ing and slaugh­ter of live­stock would be elim­i­nat­ed, and the nutri­ents con­tained with­in the lab-grown meat could be controlled.

Could you imag­ine eat­ing a pork­chop rich in vit­a­mins A, C, D, E, K, … ?

I am intrigued by this, and I hope that the plans to do this come to fruition. If done prop­er­ly and if the meat can be man­u­fac­tured cheap enough, this could fea­si­bly help elim­i­nate at least some world hunger.

It could also help alle­vi­ate some veg­an and veg­e­tar­i­an pres­sures on meat-eaters. The most pop­u­lar rea­son for giv­ing up meat is the so-called cru­el­ty to the ani­mals; elim­i­nate the cru­el­ty from the meat-pro­duc­tion process, and the oft-claimed rea­son is gone.

And I have to say this: Even though this could be a won­der­ful break­through, sci­ence has still yet to cre­ate even life­less beef in the lab with­out hav­ing to start with or reuse what God already gave them to work with back on the sixth day of creation.

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